Reader reviews for A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior

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Lady Wombat says:I wish Suzanne Enoch had a better editor, or at least one who had the guts to tell her when something isn't working. There is so much to like about her writing, and about this book in particular -- the relationship between the two main characters is lovely and refreshing, with little of the misunderstandings/angst that power the typical romance love plot, in particular. But why didn't anyone tell Enoch that if your main character is supposed to be obsessed with propriety, you might want to SHOW that obsession before you have her immediately break with propriety? That way, when the heroine suddenly returns to being proper out of fear, we might find her actions believable rather than something that seems totally out of character for the protagonist we've been reading about for the past 200 pages.
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FIVE STARS all the way. Suzanne Enoch is the queen of writing tortured/wounded heroes as far as i'm concerned. *Bows down*. The book is so utterly good that i'm finding it troublesome to write this review because everything about it was just so perfect. I have nothing to complain about. The pacing of the romance was good. Tolly was *la sigh* and Theresa has to be one of my most favorite heroines of all time. I think the thing i really love about this story is that their romance rings true even thought it took part in over a short period of time. After nearly being killed and left for dead by some Indian "Thuggie" Tolly comes back to England a wounded man in both body and mind. He wants nothing, but to be left alone. At the beginning he was determined to get that no matter how rude and how much he made people hated him. Theresa was the stickler for propriety at the beginning. That all ended with Tolly rubbed her the wrong way at dinner with her cousin (whom is married to Tolly's older brother) and she left it lose at him. This starts a battle of the wills between the two and an eventual friendship. This friendship later turns to love. The best part for me in the book was when Tolly got the operation on his knee, knowing he could possibly lose his leg, because he wanted to be able to dance with Theresa. I fell in love with him hard there. Then Theresa barging in on the surgery and helping the doctor... WOW. I could never do that. I would be with Tolly's brother, sister, and Amelia (Theresa's cousin) outside. Another thing that i really loved about the book was the ending. You know Tolly and Amelia get's their "happily ever after" without it being all perfect. Tolly's reputation is still up in the air. The only thing is that people accept him enough to not shun him anymore. To me this was perfection since it wasn't a perfect ending. It was as close to real life as you can get. And i thank Suzanne for this.Next up it's been confirmed that Bradshaw Carroway get's a book!! *squee*Rating: 5 STARS. Perfect plot, characters, romance, and just everything *^o^/*
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I really enjoyed the hero and heroine but something bothered me about halfway through the book – it felt a little like déjà vu. Then I realized, this was a very similar plot to Enoch’s England’s Perfect Hero. A tortured hero who is the only survivor of a massacre; he has just come back from war and his supportive family is trying to help him heal; a heroine who is the belle of the ball; heroine is encouraged towards a proper suitor but likes the hero; hero’s military feats are questioned by authority and he potentially faces charges; heroine has to determine whether to stand with hero against society. Now I did like A Lady’s Guide better and there were some differences (here the hero has physical as well as mental wounds). A few issues with the book about the number of secondary characters (we don’t need to set up the whole series here) and a forced “incident” at the end to create some conflict between h/h. But I loved the hero and thought his struggles were portrayed well. The chemistry between the hero and heroine and how they dealt with their growing attraction was really well written. Overall a great book.
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